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What Dogs Can Teach Us about the Main Cause of Depression

Psychologists have long pondered what is the cause, and the evolutionary purpose, of depressed feelings. Dogs have the answer.
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Are Antidepressant Medications the Next Drug Abuse Epidemic?

Congress passed legislation this week to slow the epidemic of pain-killer addiction. What could also slow the epidemic of drug use for treating the emotional pain of depression?

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Depressed and Don’t Know Why? Or What You Can Do About It?

If you or someone you know has been feeling uncharacteristically irritable, discouraged, self-critical, or down, help is available, now

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What Can Help College Students Who Flood Counseling Centers?

Why are anxiety, anger, depression and addictive habits plaguing so many college students? It may have to do in part with the prescriptions for pills that they bring with them.

Self-Talk: Create-Your-Own Anxious, Depressed or Happy Moods

Take this quiz to better understand how your self-talk is influencing your moods

Great Leaders: The Secret That Freud Understood

What was Freud’s vital insight about groups and leaders?
Post published by Susan Heitler Ph.D. on Feb 04, 2015 in Resolution, Not Conflict

Freud mostly is known for his brilliant insights about subconscious motivations and the individual psyche. My favorite sentence from all of Freud’s writing about various kinds of problems (link is external), however, expresses his wisdom about leadership. Groups, Freud wrote, take on the personality of the leader.  Great leaders therefore need to be great people

Prescriptions Without Meds for Anger, Depression and Anxiety

Much has been written of late of the downsides of psychotropic medications.  Here’s a set of alternatives to taking pills to combat anger, anxiety and depression, the Big Three of negative emotional states.   Read More

Will This Surprising Depression Treatment Prove to Be Real?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could left depression with a simple five minute wave of a magic wand?  The new technique in the video in this article may come close! Read More

5 Realities About Depression That Make It Highly Contagious

Depression has five main attributes. Each of these five factors adds to making depression a particularly communicable condition. Read More

Loneliness: a Temporary State or a Vulnerable Way of Life?

Guy Winch’s new book Emotional First Aid offers the best understandings I’ve seen of the pernicious impacts of loneliness. He also suggests how to break free of social isolation to begin forming gratifying connections. Read More

How To Prevent Your Marriage From Making You Depressed

Can marriage cause depression? See these 9 research findings for both the good and the bad news. Read More

Scientific American Misses on the Cause of Depression

A depressive collapse can leave you feeling powerless, self-critical and discouraged. What popped your inner self-confidence balloon however can feel like a mystery. Read More

A Quick and Quirky Addition to Depression Treatment Options

Extensive medical research has established that when people feel a sense of well-being there is more energy in their left than their right prefrontal lobe. Their brain, by contrast, has more energy in the right prefrontal lobe when depression is present. Read

Four Ways to Assure You Won’t Get What You Want

Here’s four ways that are likey to create bad feelings with work colleagues. They can also help you lose your job, end your love relationships, and wreck your holidays. Read More

What Tennis Players Can Teach Us About Handling Performance Disappointments

Tennis players need to become masters of managing disappointment. Winning is an addictive upper. Yet by the end of every tournament, all the players but one have lost. Read More

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But Needn’t Trigger Depression

Relationship endings can be difficult to accomplish gracefully. It is possible though to lower the risk that a breakup will lead to depression. The same strategy works whether you are the one who initiates the breakup or the one who receives the bad news. Read More

Are You Getting Too Much of What You Don’t Want? Try This 3-D Check-Up

Depression is triggered by interactions that leave you feeling a sense of loss, disappointment and hopelessness about getting what you want. Three speech patterns, which I call the 3-D’s, are especially likely to trigger depressed feelings in the receiver. Do any of these sound familiar to you? Read More

Depression is a Disorder of Power so Here’s a Way to Power Up

Conflict resolution therapy eliminates depression by resolving the conflict that has triggered it. Here’s a conflict-resolution visualization technique for lifting depression. Try it on your own or ask your therapist or a friend to help out. Read More

Is Calling Depression an Illness and Treating it With Pills Worth the Risks?

Diagnosing depression as an illness and treating it with anti-depressant medication may create new difficulties. The risks include dampening your ability to feel happiness and sexual arousal, and causing weight gain, drug dependency and relationship problems. What if you treat depression instead as indicating a problem in your life? Read More

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